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MetroCONNECT – Ethernet Access Solutions

Metrodata now offers a comprehensive range of solutions for Ethernet Network Access and Service Extension, both for NGN and SDH/PDH Carrier Infrastructure.

Leveraging our historical LAN Extension and Managed Fibre Media Converter technologies, the MetroCONNECT family now represents a comprehensive family of products for Ethernet Access and Edge Delivery, all featuring a common Operating System and rich Management capabilities.

Today, the MetroCONNECT line comprises the following elements;

  • MC12000 Managed Service Delivery Platform
  • WCM-SERIAL and LHM Ethernet to Serial Access products typically for use with Radio and Satellite communications and Serial-interfaced link encryption devices.

Members of the MetroCONNECT family are being deployed both by Telecoms Service Providers and Public Sector or Corporate Enterprise customers. As an example, the growth in market demand for Layer-2 Ethernet Services requires that Service Providers have an increasing need to offer end-to-end ‘Performance Assurance’ for their services. Customers require proof, both on initial provisioning and during ongoing operation, that the Service provider is meeting their contracted Service Level Agreement (SLA), not just for the Ethernet ‘pipe’ itself, but in many cases for individual ‘Virtual Circuits’ carrying different services within the Ethernet data stream.

FCM9004 Advanced Ethernet Demarcation DeviceSuch performance assurance requires highly capable Access Demarcation Devices able not just to monitor in-service traffic, but to transmit complex test data streams and precisely measure parameters including throughput, latency, jitter and packet loss on a per virtual circuit basis, at full customer line rate of typically up to 100Mbps or 1Gbps.

The new FCM9004 Ethernet Demarcation Device from Metrodata does just that. Incorporating our custom packet processing hardware, ‘MetroSAM’ (Service Assurance Module), the FCM9004 offers Ethernet Service Providers advanced performance assurance reporting for end-to-end networks which may, in the case of Network Aggregators, comprise Core and Tail circuit elements from a number of disparate Infrastructure Carriers.

In contrast, members of the MetroCONNECT WCM range see applications amongst Corporate users, who may require simple and cost-effective point-to-point LAN Extension across existing single or multiple ‘bonded’ traditional Leased Line (PDH) Services.

WCM1100In this case, the WCM1X00 series offers the option of a simple ‘plug-and-play’ approach, but with the benefit of the potential to support more complex configurations such as multi-VLAN prioritised traffic profiles or Point-to-Multipoint network topologies, allowing the customer an evolutionary path to more sophisticated deployments as their requirements develop.

WCM1400Overall, the MetroCONNECT family represents a comprehensive range of products for Ethernet Access, Ethernet Extension and Service Provision, each with consistent Operation, Management and Flexibility. For more details, click on the links above or contact Michael Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager or the team on +44 (0)1784 744700.